Cooking with a Tagine Pot

Have you seen this Moroccan cooking pot with the conical lid? It’s called a tagine. I love to cook in it as it cooks the vegetables quickly and they turn out very tender with all the vitamins intact.

Tagine

Tip: Start over low heat. Let the juices cook out of the vegetables so you don’t need to add water.

Less water is required when cooking in a tagine because the cone-shaped top condenses steam and returns it to the dish.

Moroccan Meatballs

Moroccan Meatballs

Hiroo made this meatball dish in it recently. It was delicious.

Here is the recipe

1/4 onion, minced

1/4 teas. cardamon pwd

1/2 teas salt

250g ground beef (he used chicken)

Mix all these well with your hands and work until kind of sticky (nebari ga deru). Form into eight meatballs.

1 clove garlic minced

400 g canned tomato ( one 14oz can?)

80g kidney beans

i sliced zucchini  (we used a Japanese eggplant)

1/4 teas ginger pwd

1/4 teas cumin pwd

1 teas salt

pepper to taste

Saute garlic with a little olive oil in the tajin pot. Add tomatoes and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in spices. Drop in meatballs, zucchini and kidney beans. Cover and simmer for 7-8 minutes. Check seasonings, add pepper. Drop in a slightly mixed egg and cook another 5 minutes.Garnish with Italian parsley or cilantro if desired. ( I suppose you don’t have to use the egg, but the recipe calls for it!)

My tagine is shaped like this but they come in many shapes!

Tagine3

Chinese Cabbage Healthy Tajin

butaTajin2

My other favorite is just to stack washed leaves of Chinese cabbage in the tajin with layers of shiitake mushrooms, carrot, onions, sliced potatoes, and either thinly sliced pork or several pieces of salmon.  Add 30 cc sake or wine and simmer covered for 10-15 minutes. Then Pour the sauce over it and cook, covered another 5 minutes. Also use bean sprouts, snow peas, and basically any lftover fresh vegetables.

Sauce( mix together):

1 clove garlic, grated

2 Tbsp miso

1 teas sugar

50cc sake

I believe this is a healthy way to slow-cook vegetables in their own liquid! You should definitely try it and there are many great recipes online!

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Hiroo gets spicy and gets cookin’!!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. keiko
    Jan 30, 2015 @ 07:46:42

    こんばんは!天気予報が広島は雪になっていました。
    鹿児島も寒いです。
    タジン私もときどきつくります。だけどワンパターンなので参考にします!
    英会話のお教室がやっとみつかり2月から行くことにしました。
    先生は日本人です。リア先生にも英文で文章が送れるようになりたいです!

    Reply

  2. leahmama1
    Feb 16, 2015 @ 08:20:06

    I hope you keep studying English! 今コメントを気ずいた!がんばって勉強してね!いつか英文で書いてくれるのを待ってマース!

    Reply

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